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CIA, Special Forces in Horse Soldiers Movie with Chris Hemsworth

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The trailer hasn’t dropped yet but we are getting very close to the January 2018 release of the movie Horse Soldiers. The book was written by the New York Times bestselling author of In Harm’s Way. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Austin Stowell, Trevante Rhodes, and Rob Riggle.

Chris Hemsworth known for his role as Thor joins  actor/comedian Riggle, Oscar-nominated Nocturnal Animals star Michael Shannon, and Moonlight‘s Trevonte Rhodes. Warner Bros is distributing the film domestically, and Lionsgate International has overseas rights.

Other actors involved are Michael Pena, and Austin Stowell in the Nicolai Fuglsig-directed production from Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Black Label Media and Alcon Entertainment production. 


Horse Soldiers is the dramatic account of a small band of Special Forces soldiers who secretly entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses against the Taliban.

Outnumbered forty to one, they pursued the enemy army across the mountainous Afghanistan terrain and, after a series of intense battles, captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential to defeat their opponent throughout the country.

The bone-weary American soldiers were welcomed as liberators as they rode into the city, and the streets thronged with Afghans overjoyed that the Taliban regime had been overthrown.

Then the action took a wholly unexpected turn. During a surrender of six hundred Taliban troops, the Horse Soldiers were ambushed by the would-be POWs.

Dangerously overpowered, they fought for their lives in the city’s immense fortress, Qala-i-Janghi, or the House of War. At risk were the military gains of the entire campaign: if the soldiers perished or were captured, the entire effort to outmaneuver the Taliban was likely doomed.

Deeply researched and beautifully written, Stanton’s account of the Americans’ quest to liberate an oppressed people touches the mythic.

The soldiers on horses combined ancient strategies of cavalry warfare with twenty-first-century aerial bombardment technology to perform a seemingly impossible feat. Moreover, their careful effort to win the hearts of local townspeople proved a valuable lesson for America’s ongoing efforts in Afghanistan.


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